Sunday, July 21, 2024

Gatesville police officer, dispatcher receive Life Saving Awards


Two employees of the Gatesville Police Department were presented with Life Saving Awards at a regular city council meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

Interim Police Chief Cody Lee recognized Officer Glory Little and Dispatch Supervisor Jessica Stiles for their actions that saved the lives of two individuals on separate occasions.

On the morning of Friday, February 23, Little provided CPR to someone who was experiencing a medical emergency, even though she was off duty and not originally dispatched to the address.

“Officer Little was driving past the location on her way home after completing her assigned shift. She overheard the radio traffic, and realized she would be driving right by that location,” Lee said. “She went to the address of the first officer on the scene and began life saving measures – continuing approximately three minutes before additional officers arrived on scene and relieved her. Officer Little remained on scene and assisted other officers as well as EMS until the victim was stabilized and EMS able to transport.”

On Thursday, June 6, Stiles was the only dispatcher on duty on when she received a 911 call regarding a man who was unconscious and had trouble breathing. When the man suddenly stopped breathing, Stiles provided the caller with instructions on how to perform CPR on the man while also paging emergency personnel to respond to the scene.  

“Ms. Stiles showed excellent professionalism and remained calm on scene the entire time,” Lee said. “EMS and first responders arrived on scene and continued life saving measures, which eventually led to the subject breathing again and was able to be transported by the ambulance. Had it not been for Ms. Stiles quick thinking, calm demeanor, and ability to maintain control of the situation, the outcome probably would have been less fortunate than it was.”  

Life Saving Awards are presented to law enforcement officers who perform a lifesaving act under extraordinary circumstances.